Instantly recognisable as a Damien Hirst editioned print, Silver Spot Landscape is a screen print by the artist from 2008 published in a limited edition of 150. The print shows several rows of brightly coloured spots, each the same size and a perfect circle, set against a shiny silver backdrop. Silver Spot Landscape is one of many prints that are directly related to Hirst’s very famous Spot paintings that he first developed in the 1980s.
The Spots paintings and editioned prints are an exploration of colour and form that is unique to Hirst’s artistic output. Across Hirst’s career, every spot painting represents a unique combination of colours, every print formatted in a formulaic, grid-like composition. Hirst himself has said of these works, “To create that structure, to do those colours, and do nothing. I suddenly got what I wanted. It was just a way of pinning down the joy of colour.”
What is so enthralling about the Spots paintings is their potential towards endlessness. Indeed, Hirst has produced an average of 60 Spots paintings a year. The grid formula allows for an infinite investigation of harmonious and contrasting colours that appears clinical in its composition, but is in fact intuitive in its decision making process.